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This undated 2018 photo shows Dr. Mohammed Ayesh and his family in Gaza. Ayesh is among several Gazans who are unable to return to the territory because of a dispute between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. The PA stopped coordinating travel permits with Israel when it cut off all contacts in May 2020 to protest Israel's plans to annex up to 30% of the occupied West Bank. (Ayesh family via AP)

Gazans left stranded abroad by Israeli-Palestinian standoff

Sep. 30, 2020 2:11 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — For the last four months, Ahmed al-Kurdi, his wife and three children have been stranded in Jordan, where they traveled from their home in the Gaza Strip for life-saving medical treatment for his 2-year-old daughter. At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has led to border closures and...

Egyptian police disperse rare, small protests; 10 arrested

Sep. 25, 2020 5:39 PM EDT

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Egyptian police dispersed exceptionally rare, small street protests that erupted in a northeastern province on Friday and arrested 10 demonstrators, a security official said. The development — an unusual show of defiance in a country that has moved to stamp out...

Egyptian arrested for smuggling narcotics in box of dates

Sep. 25, 2020 1:56 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Police at Cairo’s international airport arrested an Egyptian man returning from France on Friday with over 600 narcotic pills and two packs of marijuana stuffed into a carton of dates, according to airport authorities. Egyptian customs officials found 620 tablets of Tramadol, the...

In this June 14, 2014 file photo, Egyptian women shout slogans and hold banners during a protest against sexual harassment in Cairo, Egypt. An announcement last month that Egyptian authorities would investigate an alleged 2014 gan rape of a 17-year old girl at a Cairo hotel was welcomed as a rare moment of triumph by rights activists who now fear the government is trying to discourage victims and witnesses from speaking out.   (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

Probe of gang rape case that shocked Egypt ensnares many

Sep. 24, 2020 2:17 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — An announcement last month that Egypt’s top prosecutor would investigate an alleged 2014 gang rape of a 17-year-old girl at a luxury Cairo hotel marked a rare moment of triumph for human rights activists. Those hopes were quickly dispelled after authorities detained possible witnesses...

Egypt: 3 police killed as 4 convicts attempt prison bust

Sep. 23, 2020 3:53 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Three Egyptian police officers were killed when four men, convicted on terror-related charges and awaiting their death sentences, attempted on Wednesday to escape from a notorious Cairo prison, the Interior Ministry said. The ministry, which oversees the country’s police and prisons,...

This Sept. 2020 photo provided by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities shows one of more than two dozen ancient coffins unearthed near the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, south of Cairo, Egypt. (Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities via AP)

Archaeologists unearth 27 coffins at Egypt's Saqqara pyramid

Sep. 21, 2020 10:53 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian archaeologists have unearthed more than two dozen ancient coffins in a vast necropolis south of Cairo, an official said Monday. The sarcophagi have remained unopened since they were buried more than 2,500 years ago near the famed Step Pyramid of Djoser in Saqqara, said Neveine...

In this image taken from video, members of the Cairo Celebration Choir sing

Cairo choir sends musical message of hope amid virus gloom

Sep. 14, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

The video is colorful, the tune cheerful and the lyrics promise better times ahead. “The day will surely come, near or far it will come,” the singers belt out in Arabic. “A new dawn shall shine. Everyone shall rejoice. ... That day shall be a feast. Hand in hand, we will return,”...

Officials: Egyptian policemen detained over detainee's death

Sep. 13, 2020 8:18 AM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian prosecutors ordered four policemen to be detained pending an investigation into the death of a young man while in detention, two judicial officials said on Sunday. Prosecutors also ordered the release of another police officer on bail of 5,000 Egyptian pounds ($310) in the case that...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, a street is empty during curfew hours due to the coronavirus outbreak, in Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian security forces have arrested two journalists, including one sick with COVID-19, the latest step in a sweeping crackdown on news media during the pandemic, an international press watchdog reported Friday, Sept. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty, File)

Egypt journalist arrested over coverage of detainee's death

Sep. 11, 2020 9:58 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — A prominent Egyptian journalist who reported on a young man’s death in police custody has been detained on charges of reporting fake news, his employer said Friday, the latest blow to press freedoms in the country. The arrest of journalist Islam el-Kalhy comes after the arrest of...

FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2018, file photo, Palestinian minister of foreign affairs Riyad al-Maliki speaks to reporters following a meeting in New York. The Palestinian foreign minister Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, called on Arab states to dismiss a deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to normalize relations, describing the agreement scheduled to be finalized next week as “an earthquake.” The UAE and Israel announced the deal to establish full diplomatic relations on Aug. 13. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Palestinian FM urges Arab states to dismiss Israel-UAE deal

Sep. 9, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The Palestinian foreign minister Wednesday called on Arab states to dismiss a deal between the United Arab Emirates and Israel to normalize relations, describing the agreement scheduled to be finalized next week as “an earthquake.” The UAE and Israel announced the deal to...